Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008) (2008)
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 7, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2008
Research has shown that decentralized networks and organizations perform better and have more satisfied members than centralized ones. Further, decentralized self-organizing networks are superior when solving complex problems. Despite mounting research in support of decentralized networks, the means of how to foster and maintain a decentralized, yet coordinated network remains a particular problem. The current line of research proposes and illustrates a flock theory, which models decentralized organizational communication. Grounded in literature from social networks, flock theory represents a model for the decentralized evolution of communicative networks. The flock model is extended to integrate roadmap based flocking, bipartite networks, and findings from small world networks research to create a theory of cooperation, coordination, and navigation within decentralized communication networks. Empirical illustrations of flock theory are conducted via a case study, providing initial support for the theory.
?. Rosen, "Cooperation and Coordination in Decentralized Communication Networks," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)(HICSS), Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 2008, pp. 59.